Why Your New Year’s Resolution May Do More Harm than Good

Why Your New Year’s Resolution May Do More Harm than Good

I know it sounds cliché, but most American s who make a New Year’s resolution have dropped it by the month of February. 80 percent of us will downright fail to keep them at all. They look good in January—but not so much in June. Gym memberships skyrocket at the beginning of the year, and plummet in the following months. But why? I love setting and pursuing goals. It lights me up, like it does many people. There will be…

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The Normalization of Anxiety

The Normalization of Anxiety

This may sound strange—but I love the fact that we’re talking about mental health issues today. While I hate that millions of teenage students struggle with such issues, at least we’re finally addressing them, rather than hiding from them, and beginning to take action against anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and other disorders. Nearly everyone on planet earth experiences some anxiety. Luna Greenstein, of The National Alliance on Mental Illness states: “This fact is both positive and negative for people who…

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Five Steps to Reverse a Sense of Entitlement

Five Steps to Reverse a Sense of Entitlement

I had the most intriguing experience on the road this year while speaking at a private, elite high school. The school was located in a wealthy suburb. I was astonished by the beautiful, expensive cars the students drove to school. Some who didn’t drive themselves took an Uber. Every student and teacher had the latest iPhone; technology seemed to be the centerpiece of their daily experience. Kids wore brand-name clothes and either complained or bragged about where they’d gone on…

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Five Questions Every Student Needs You to Answer

Five Questions Every Student Needs You to Answer

A faculty member and university dean just told me one of their best students got expelled from school. They were baffled by a poor decision he made—and said what we’ve all said too many times: “How could such a smart kid do such a stupid thing?” I reminded them it was likely a matter of the heart and had nothing to do with his IQ. Most of us who lead students recognize that what stands in the way of their…

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Four Traits of a Self-Care School

Four Traits of a Self-Care School

The Associated Press recently reviewed, data from more than three dozen public universities and discovered what I’ve suspected for years. The number of students seeking treatment for mental health problems has almost doubled in the past five years, while overall enrollment has stayed about the same. Did you catch that? The students seeking help has nearly doubled. Some educators explain the increase by a reduced stigma surrounding mental health issues as well as the rising rates of anxiety and depression among…

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What is Sportsmanship in 2020?

What is Sportsmanship in 2020?

I love celebrating, and I love sports. So I naturally enjoy celebrating a great performance from a team after a win. As a fan, I get to vicariously live through those young athletes on the field, the court, or in the pool. Everyone feels good as they celebrate a victory for their team. Over my lifetime, however, referees and umpires have witnessed an evolution of what it means to celebrate a touchdown or a score. The NCAA has labored to…

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Six Ways to Begin the New Year Intentionally

Six Ways to Begin the New Year Intentionally

I want to tell you a story that is informative to parents. Today—I am writing to parents. As we begin a new year, this is the perfect time to establish new habits and set new standards. The McCormicks have two sons and a daughter. Their boys are teens, ages 14 and 16. Their daughter is 11. If you met them, you’d see an average middle class, American family who’s trying to help their children through school, sports, and video games…

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The One Thing I Do at the Beginning of Each Year

The One Thing I Do at the Beginning of Each Year

One ritual I perform enables me to enter a new year “on purpose.” After I invest a morning reviewing the previous year, I spend the second half of the day previewing the new year. Once again, I think and I write as I open a new chapter of my life. I don’t simply create a list of goals, although some of the items I will list below feel a lot like a “goal.” I like to view it as an…

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Five Important Conversations I Had with My Kids

Five Important Conversations I Had with My Kids

As a parent, an educator and a leader, my kids grew up observing my bias toward growth and lifelong learning. Over the years, I would take them out to breakfast or lunch, or we’d go on a trip, and we’d talk about life and leadership. I wanted them to not only be career-ready but life-ready. Here are five of the topics I discussed with them: 1. Your EQ is more important than your IQ. My kids experienced what most kids…

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The One Thing I Do at the End of Each Year

The One Thing I Do at the End of Each Year

For thirty-five years now, I have performed a ritual at the end of December. It’s the way I wrap up each year and gain some perspective on my life. I take half of a day and get completely alone. Usually, I get away from the house and find a quiet place to reflect. During this time, I think, I pray and I review the past year, making notes of my evaluations along the way. While the exercise varies slightly, I…

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